Mentone Life Saving Club on 22 October 1920 came into being. There was no clubhouse, no lifesaving equipment and no trained members. John Delves lent a boatshed to give a presence on the Mentone Beach, and Mr Dave Moreland was tasked with training 12 new members.
One hundred years on, there are now more than 1100 members, making Mentone the largest lifesaving club on Port Phillip and one of the oldest. I acknowledge every volunteer who has contributed to this club during its 100-year history and acknowledge current president Brian Kirk and his volunteer committee. I acknowledge former president Russell Rees and committee members, especially David Blanks and David Grant. A club like Mentone is the beating heart of our community, and may it continue for a century more.